Two new principals have arrived at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

Martha Shaw is the new principal of John Adams Middle School and Becky Romano is the new “M” House principal at Santa Monica High School. The “M” House is one of six “houses” at the school, each with their own principal.

Both were introduced at the board of education meeting Thursday, August 17th, where they were welcomed.

Shaw, the new principal of John Adams Middle School, is returning to the district, where she spent ten years between 1978-1988. She taught at John Adams Middle School when it was called John Adams Junior High School.

“The school has grown in size,” Shaw said. “It used to be seventh through ninth and now it’s sixth through eighth. There’s a different focus.”

Shaw was also a program specialist at the district office in special education and was the vice principal of Lincoln Middle School.

She then moved to the Lawndale School District, where she was principal of the middle school for seven years and an elementary principal for three years, she said. Most recently, Shaw was a resource specialist at Billy Mitchell Elementary School.

Shaw has two daughters, and when they became teenagers, she decided to go back to the classroom from principalship to have more time to spend with them.

“Now they are 24 and 20 and neither one of them lives at home anymore, so it seemed like a good time to go back to educational leadership,” Shaw said. “I’m really excited about being back.

“It’s a great district and I feel really lucky to be chosen as principal.”

Shaw has a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in secondary education from Murray State University in Kentucky, the state where she was raised.

“We look forward to her joining our administrative staff,” said Tim Walker, assistant superintendent for educational services.

Romano, who accepted the position of “M” House principal at Santa Monica High School, comes from Fresno High School, an International Baccalaureate World School, where she was assistant principal.

“I’m very excited to be here,” Romano said. “I look forward to many years in this district.”

Romano has been an assistant principal for four years. She worked at Pacifica High School as a teacher and only a month later, became the activities director. She was then promoted to assistant principal. Romano also worked as assistant principal of Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard before becoming assistant principal at Fresno High School.

“We look forward to her joining our team,” said Walker.

“I have been smiling since I found out [I got the job],” Romano said.

Romano has a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State University and a national teaching certificate. She received her master’s degree and administration credential from Azusa Pacific University.

“I don’t think there is a better place to be,” Romano said of Santa Monica High School. “I am extremely honored and privileged to be part of an outstanding team. I can’t wait to meet the faculty and staff at the high school.

“I am probably as excited as the students for school to start.”

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